The decor of this hotel is beautiful with a Parisian/International theme. The rooftop terrace and bar are gorgeous, but the drinks are a bit pricy. The pool is also located on the rooftop terrace, but the hot tub was broken and the pool is quite small, only about 20 feet long by 5 or 6 feet wide. I stayed in a basic room, which was nicely appointed, however the planning just wasn't there. The bathroom does not have a door and is located directly beside the headboard and pillows of the bed. In other words, you are going to be eating new foods in a new country after having traveled and you will have to go to the bathroom right beside whoever is sleeping in the bed. The shower doesn't even have a door, but a clear, half-panel of glass. The water gets all over the bathroom floor when you shower and I never did get a bath mat during my 3 day stay. The bed was very comfortable and the room was clean. The bathrobes are very comfy! We had turn down service the first night and also some little macaroons/snacks, but this was not the case the second night. Bottled water in the rooms is free, but the rest of the food in the "mini-bar" is ridiculously overpriced. Our room was on the 3rd floor, directly below the rooftop bar/terrace. The hotel offers a non-guest membership to the bar, so there was a large party going on very late into the night. The noise from the guests breaking items in the hallway and the very loud music made it very difficult to sleep on the first night. The entrance to the bar was also close to our room, so we could hear people coming and going all night. If you can, do NOT stay on the 3rd floor of the hotel. The second night during our stay the fire alarm at a neighboring building was going off all night. I'm not sure if the fire department works differently in Puerto Rico, but the alarm was going off for like 10 hours with no sound of sirens or sight of fire trucks. The hotel is in a good location, right near the luxury brand stores in San Juan and almost directly across from beach access. We walked to Old San Juan from the hotel. This took about an hour at a leisurely pace. I mapquested it and it is about 3.4 miles to El Morro. Breakfast is included in the price of the room, but do not expect anything fancy. It was croissants, pastries, some yogurts, and OJ. They advertise coffee from their Nespresso machine on the website, but we had to ask for coffee from the front desk on the first day. On the second day nobody was at the front desk during breakfast, so we didn't get any coffee. There is a Starbucks right down the street though. The food in the surrounding area was quite expensive and I would not recommend ordering a margarita anywhere in the country. I tried several and each one tasted strangely sweet and not like a typical margarita from the USA.
I would imagine that if you stay at Olive on a week night, the bar won't be as busy and the noise won't be a factor. I did very much enjoy sitting on the roof and looking over the lagoon watching the Stand Up Paddle Surfers. There are a bunch of individual seating areas, so a group of 2 - 10 would be comfortable in a variety of spaces. I would not recommend this hotel to people who are looking to get some sleep, but if you like to stay up late, this could be your place.
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- Inspired by the ‘art de vivre’ and the diversity of the Mediterranean culture, O:live Boutique Hotel presents a unique style of relaxed luxury and intimacy. Its prime Condado location, exclusive amenities and artistique atmosphère makes this charming boutique hotel part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. ... more less
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